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Winner – ‘Making an Impact’ at the HTN Now Awards 2022

Ashtons e-Works recently won the ‘Making an Impact’ award from Health Tech News (HTN) in January 2022. The awards share and celebrate innovations, teams and health tech suppliers that have made a difference throughout the year.

We are delighted to have won this award and it is a testament to the real impact e-Works has had in hospices across the UK. Prescribing errors have reduced in our clients healthcare facilities by 88% and medicines administration errors by 94%, with a 92% reduction in patient details errors.*

* Error rates were measured in the six months prior to implementation. A three-month window was then allowed following implementation, then error rates were measured again in the following six months.

Ashtons e-Works is proven to reduce medicines administration errors by up to 94%

The government has current targets in place for all healthcare facilities to become paperless by 2024. This will include patient records, pharmacy reports, prescription charts and ordering.

A key aspect of developing a paperless system in any healthcare facility is the introduction of an electronic prescribing and medicines administration (ePMA) system.

Since its launch our Ashtons e-Works ePMA system has been proven to reduce prescribing errors by up to 88% and medicines administration errors by up to 94%.

In addition, the Department of Health itself believes the rollout of electronic prescribing systems could reduce errors overall by 50%.

However, many ePMA systems are often highly expensive and unnecessarily complex. Ashtons e-Works is designed to be different.

Ashtons e-Works is different – a simple, affordable alternative

Ashtons e-Works is a unique system that has been designed as an affordable and easy-to-use alternative, that is perfectly suited to the requirements of independent hospices and hospitals. It will allow you to manage both your patients’ prescriptions and the administration of their medication, 24/7, from anywhere with internet access.

Ashtons e-Works replaces paper medication records, such as prescription charts, and is transformational in improving the safe prescribing and administration of medication. It will also ensure faster access to medication, reduce duplications of patient records and help to free up staff time.

Core Features

  • Full audit trail of prescribing and administration records
  • Facilitates a flexible approach to prescribing
  • Remote access, 24/7, anywhere with internet access
  • Prescribing dates and times automatically generated
  • Clinical decision support system
  • Medicines administration scheduler
  • Clearly displayed medication due status
  • Reasons for non-administration easily recorded
  • Integrated pharmacy review tools
  • Extensive reporting tools

Specialist palliative care features

  • Syringe driver functionality – supports the prescribing, administration and monitoring of syringe drivers, with quick confirmation of start and finish times, individual medicines prescribed, and the diluent selected

  • Transdermal products – active patch check administration system, increasing visibility of
    key information, and helping to prevent missed applications or removal

  • Dose ranges and variable doses – the prescribing feature allows for the input of complex reducing regimens, titrations and PRN doses with the flexibility to respond to the clinical needs of the patient

  • Infusions – full support of prescribing and administration of infusions

Benefits

For patients

– All features deliver a reduction in medication errors, helping patients to receive the right medication at the right time

– This helps increase patient safety, the quality of treatment provided and, in turn, leads to better healthcare outcomes

For doctors

– Remote access for prescribing, 24/7, enables doctors to prescribe out of hours, after consultation with nurses on duty, in line with hospice policies

– Clinical decision support, plus better access to clinical information and flexible prescribing options, helps enhance the accuracy and effectiveness of prescribing

For nurses

– Transforms the way nurses manage medicines administration, making it simple to identify patients who are due medication and easy to record details

– Removes the need for nurses to manually search prescription charts

For managers

– Significant improvements in managerial oversight and extensive reporting tools

– Helps staff work more efficiently and reduces paper usage, with few training requirements due to the system’s simple, intuitive workflow

For regulators

– Full audit trail of prescribing and administration records supports regulatory compliance

– All features and benefits combined lead to overall improvements in quality, safety and compliance